I do not have as many day to day stories about my market as I used to. That is not a terrible thing. I seem to be avoiding extreme disaster. In fact, things are stable and healthy which tends not to be exciting as well. Not that I don't make mistakes. It seems that I do manage to learn from them and my new mistakes take longer to reach and bring new experiences. Plus, I've calmed down a lot once I learned that my market was not going to self destruct if I was not able to attend to every single fulfilled order the moment it went down.
Bosena has been slowly climbing over the thirty billion ISK point. I've added a few more battleships and yesterday, I was asked to toss a Sleipnir up on the market. I've dropped the number of meta modules that I carry. Some just barely move and they clutter up orders and space to sell one or two every handful of weeks.
What stocks and what people think stocks varies. I also have to accept that what sells and what people happen to want to have on hand at any given time also vary. With having both Sujarento and Bosena active I can see how different the area is from one to the other.
For instance, in Sujarento which is deep in the Caldari Warzone, I hear complaints about the excessive number of frigates and laments for cruisers. This fascinates me because in Bosena, off in Molden Heath with Plantary Conquest frigates and destroyers move slowly while cruisers, battlecruisers, and occasionally battleships are what keep the market moving.
Large ammunition sells regularly in Molden Heath and small sits. The reverse has been happening in Sujarento. Although, Snuffbox does consume the large ammunition which is a parallel to items in Bosena that I kept stocked for 7-2. I just relist the stock or reset its timers over and over again and eventually, it is consumed.
What I find most interesting is how people tell met hat I can just stock 'this one thing' and I will make a ton of ISK. A ton of ISK. What is a TON of ISK? Sujarento is almost at six billion ISK stocked. Bosena is trying to tromp towards forty. Is that a ton?
I compare myself to other market bloggers and I make nothing close to what they do. I also have a different method, plan, and goal. I could up my prices and make more ISK but I'd expect to see the ton reflected in my normal sales as well. Often things just don't sell and I have no idea why people assume that they will do other than the fact that they want said item or that they will buy said item. What I have made in a year and a half they make in a month or two. I've not yet come accords the magical ISK making item.
Thankfully, I enjoy my markets. Some days they are a lot of work. Sometimes I do skip stocking because I don't want to sit through another cyno cycle or make another jump. I've learned not to buy or list when tired as well. That is where a lot of dumb mistakes happen.
Could I make a third? Not really. Sujarento is suffering from a lack of orders and ISK. I refuse to sink more seed money into it so it will have to wait and grow as the ISK pours in. The other alt who is training will get there.
And so it all moves along. I'm still baffled that all of this stuff belongs to me. I don't see the stores at my personal assets or income so sometimes, as I buy five or six billion ISK worth of items to stock I'm amazed that at the end of the day it all belongs to me. It makes me smile a bit in pleasure.
It tends to be the little things that enchant me. That may be why it is hard to explain why my methods make me as happy as they do. It may be why I don't understand the constant pressure to raise my prices or find the magical item that will make all of the ISK. I'm still amazed that its me out there, supplying the things that I am doing. Maybe one day, when I get over that bit I can start searching for that magical ISK making item.